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Al-Thinni links power handover to new executive authority to HoR endorsement

The Prime Minister of the east-based parallel government, known as the Libyan Interim Government, Abdullah Al-Thinni, has reiterated that his government won’t hand over power to the newly elected executive authority until the Tobruk-based House of Representatives endorses it in a full-quorum session.

In a statement Saturday, Al-Thinni welcomed the election of the new executive authority by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Geneva, saying his government will hand over power to them once the HoR approves their government in a legal parliament session.

He indicated that his government is working as a legitimate entity endorsed by the HoR and “will continue to do so until the HoR endorses the new government”.

In the meantime, the United Nations acting envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, said the HoR must approve the newly-selected executive authority in 21 days, adding that if the HoR failed to do so, the decision would go to the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum members.

In a speech after the selection of the Presidential Council members and the Prime Minister, Williams said it would be necessary that the new interim executive authority commit to the date set for general elections and to support the High National Elections Commission.

Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) members cast votes Friday in Geneva and finally agreed to select the Head and members of the Presidential Council as well as the new Prime Minister of the Libyan executive authority that will lead to general elections on December 24, 2021.

After individual voting failed, four lists that included candidates for the top Libyan executive authority positions were presented for the positions to run the executive authority in the upcoming interim period.

The winning list received 39 votes and it included Mohammed Menfi (representative of the east), as Head of the Presidential Council; Mossa Al-Koni, member representative of the south; Abdullah Al-Lafi, member representative of the west and Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, as Prime Minister.  

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